Policing the Culture of Silence: Strategies to Increase the Reporting of Sexual Abuse in British South Asian Communities

Aisha K. Gill , Harrison K

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The policing of black and minority ethnic communities have a chequered history, with institutional racism, over policing and under protection being rife. While there have been several studies completed on policing and race, very little has looked at the intersectionality of race, gender and policing. Taking into account relevant literature which suggests that aspects of community policing may still suffer from institutional racism and based on original empirical research, this article attempts to contribute to a small literature base by concentrating on the low level of sexual abuse reporting from South Asian women and in particular on how four British police force areas currently respond to sexual abuse incidents where the victim is a member of the British South Asian community. In addition to evaluating these police responses we explore what more can be done by the police and other organisations to help increase the sexual abuse reporting rates from this and other ethnic groupings.

© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The attached document (embargoed until 20/05/2019) is an author produced version of a paper published in Policing and Society, uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link below. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolicing and Society
Early online date20 Nov 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Nov 2017


  • sexual abuse reporting rates
  • South Asian women;
  • police practice;
  • multi-agency working

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